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Not sure if this is posted in the right place or even possible but here goes, my daughter bought a dog and has the dog GPS chipped in case he gets stolen/lost, and i was thinking no harm to the dog but my Dingwalls are worth a lot more than him and i was wondering if it's possible to have a GPS tracking chip fitted into a Dingwall, surely it would make stolen basses easier to recover, I'm sure Sheldon and the crew could think of a way to incorporate the chip without interference to the bass or signal, oh no disrespect to dog lovers i like dogs myself and am glad that through chipping makes it easier for owners and dogs to be reunited, and hopefully bassist and bass like wise, just my little rant (i know too much time on my hands :D )
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Mark L Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
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I'd gladly give up all my Dingwalls for my dog. Best friends.

The dog has an implanted GPS chip? Or is it worn on the collar? I've never heard of an implanted GPS locator chip, just implanted ID chips. There is a common misconception that the ID chips have a GPS function, but they dont AFAIK. My pooch is tracked with a GPS collar.

The product below is about as small as GPS locators get.

Here's the Tile: http://www.thetileapp.com/#this-is-tile

I suppose the Tile could be placed in the control cavity of a Dingwall, but I'm not sure how the shielding would affect it.
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Interesting, although you have to replace the Tile once a year so I don't know if it would be practical for bass tracking purposes. Good idea though.
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Have your Dingwall installed with a Lo-Jack system, if it gets stolen you send a signal to the bass that makes the output sound like a cheap import knock-off being played through a broken car speaker.

Or set it up to taze the thief playing it and automatically notify the authorities....
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The chips for animals are micro-chips which will give the registered owner's information when scanned by animal control or a vet. I don't think GPS is involved.

Edit: sorry, this was already covered.
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There's also something like this:
[url:2onccy4f]https://www.snagg.com[/url:2onccy4f]

But I don't know that you would be able to track it as such. It looks more like an electronic serial number.
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Mark your right it is an ID chip, the reason I thought of this is I played a gig a few months ago and my SJ5 was left behind, and just my luck it's the furthest gig from my home almost a 4 hour drive, and the fact that a guy was complimenting me one the bass after the gig (the usual, sound/tone/ fan frets) I thought he stole it when we weren't looking, and when I called the club they couldn't find it, lesson here never leave a black case against a black wall in a dim lit nightclub, so case now has bright stickers on it and I thought then about a tracking device of some kind hence the GPS, have to say I like both the snagg & tile but maybe Sheldon & crew might have another option, no point fitting something that will mess up a fantastic bass, sorry for the confusion about the dog ID/GPS tag, as you figured out I'm not a tech head :? and thanks for all the info it's appreciated.
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GPS drains a ton of battery, too much for this purpose. And even if you would make it so that you need to replace GPS batteries once a month, that wouldn't be enough. In addition to using the GPS signal to geolocate, the bass would have to transmit this information to you in some way. Using phone signal to text the location to you once a day or every other day introduces additional battery strain (the majority of power is spent on looking up a nearby phone signal tower). Geolocating and texting the location as rarely as once a week might save a ton of battery, but GPS hardly works indoors and your best bet is to geolocate while the bass is on the move. But to know that you'd need an accelerometer, probably active 24h unless the bass is being played (plugged in).

Anyway, as far as I know as an aspiring Computer Science PhD, not really possible at this point.

The ID chips you talk about are passive; they do not transmit a signal, instead you need a active reader device in near vicinity to make use of it. Unique, passive ID tags could be built into the body of the bass, between laminates or something. They're certainly small enough. But they'd be just as useful as serial numbers (that cannot be changed) and that does not change much. The buyer of the stolen instrument would have to actively scan the chip to notice that the bass was stolen, the same as with the plain old serial number.

The Tile thing looks interesting. It communicates through Bluetooth 4.0 which can communicate only within small vicinity, but if the Tile became popular that would be mitigated in urban areas through the app. Though, I'm unsure about how Bluetooth affect pickups. The Tile as it is could not be turned off while the bass is plugged in, that'd fix that issue.
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Tracking chips should be more expensive, and usually more people choose to use some small item trackers. Personally, using a tracker like SpyTrack is enough. It can record the tracking data very well, the battery life is 5 days, and the volume is quite compact.
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